COVID-19 Patient Update Page
As part of our ongoing efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our patients, the ADFHT is aligning their policies with our partner Arnprior Regional Health by implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for visitors and essential caregivers effective October 15, 2021.
Please note – this policy DOES NOT apply to patients who are attending the ADFHT to receive care or attend an appointment with their Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Under the new policy, however, all visitors and essential caregivers will need to be fully vaccinated (at least 14 days since the second dose) in order to enter the building, unless they qualify under one of the following exceptions:
- Individuals under the age of 12.
- Those who clearly indicate they have a medical exemption.
- Parents of children who are receiving care.
- Individuals who are essential to accompany patients to appointments or participate in care planning discussions.
- Other critical or urgent circumstances requiring family presence.
In alignment with the new Ontario vaccination passport system, visitors and essential caregivers will be required to show proof of vaccination along with photo identification.
Download your vaccination receipt here.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR VISITS TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND THE FAMILY HEALTH TEAM CLINIC:
If you are coming to the clinic/physician office for an in-person appointment you will be given a mask at the screening desk.
Wearing a mask or other face covering plays an important role in protecting others, like covering your cough and maintaining physical distancing.
Many individuals who come to our physician offices are at a higher risk of complications from the virus (covid-19) so it’s important to protect those who are vulnerable. It’s also important to keep our healthcare professionals and staff healthy so they can remain available to provide care and service.
BEFORE YOU COME TO THE FAMILY HEALTH TEAM OR YOUR PHYSICIAN‘S OFFICE:
• if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing; please call first. DO NOT COME BEFORE CALLING
• if you are sick, stay at home if possible.
IF YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN’S OFFICE OR THE FAMILY HEALTH TEAM:
• you will be screened when you arrive
• you will be given a mask to wear
• you must stay 2m (6ft) away from other people
• avoid touching any surfaces
• If you are accompanying a patient you will need to show proof that you are fully vaccinated unless you are a parent of a child who has an appointment with the Family Health Team.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands
• Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand. Also, make sure to wash your hands afterward
If you are planning on traveling, the Government of Canada has posted advice here: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html
For more information about COVID-19 click on the links below:
• Renfrew County Public Health Unit: https://www.rcdhu.com/
• Ottawa Public Health: www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx
• Public Health Agency of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Finally, we are unable to provide you with any supplies (e.g. masks, gowns) since our supply is limited. We are unable to test you for the virus.